Pretty little bird

Golden-crowned sparrowThese sparrows seem almost tame; they dart around on the ground within a step or two of passing feet.  They move so quickly that the human eye hardly has time to appreciate what pretty little birds they really are.  It takes the fast shutter of a camera to show off their pretty ruffled collar, the nicely layered dark and light brown featherwork on the shoulders, and the beautiful stripes on the wing.  The brush stroke of yellow paint on this one’s head marks it as a Golden Crowned Sparrow.  It’s a relative of the White Crowned Sparrow, also found in the park, but — in my opinion — these are a touch prettier.  Watch for them on the west side path where it divides into a paved and unpaved portion, in the area where native trees and shrubs are planted.

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